Trumpism is to the political bloodstream what heroin is to the human and there are a lot of very sick GOPers out there right now. Trump will be gone in 63 days, but there is much elbowing and jostling for the new poster child of Trumpism, and Ted Cruz wants to make sure that he’s not left out. So he stuck his nose into the contretemps between Sherrod Brown and Dan Sullivan, and sounded as Trumpesque as possible.

The point of the tweet, according to Charlie Sykes at the Bulwark was not to actually weigh in on the issue but to be an exercise in “performative assholery” — which is as good a definition of Trump and Trumpism as I have ever heard. That’s precisely what it is, performing for the base. Give ’em their bread and circus. Ted Cruz trying to out-asshole the man who called his wife ugly and said that his father killed JFK is a tall order, but Cruz may well be up to it. He’s been in training for many years.

Strictly speaking, this is not a new thing for Ted Cruz, who has made a career out of jerkitude. Recall that, back in 2016, no less a jerk than Lindsey Graham gibed that, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”

“Everybody who knows him in the Senate hates him,” noted the late columnist Charles Krauthammer. “And I think hate is not an exaggeration.”

Former SpeakerJohn Boehner remarked that he had “never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” and called him “Lucifer.”

Maybe Cruz is what drove Boehner to drink, who knows? In all events, the people who worship devils don’t want to accept Ted Cruz into their ranks, he’s too weird even for them.

That was too much for the actual Satanists, who felt the need to issue a statement disavowing the Texas senator. “It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic,” insisted a spokesman for the Satanic Temple, “even as they spew Biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with them.”

This is the new face of the GOP, performance art in lieu of governance. And why not? They just watched it work out to specular success, in the case of the last Republican president. He’s got wingnuts marching in the streets, to his tweeted orders. On the level, this is how Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins, Marjorie Taylor Greene and a slew of others see politics these days. This is Donald Trump’s legacy.

Which brings us to the New Ted Cruz, who is very much like the Old Ted Cruz, except for the performative part. As he jostles for his lane in the post-Trump GOP, Cruz has largely eschewed wonkery and policy. Instead, he has embraced what he imagines to be the essence of Trump’s appeal.

He also aspires to Trump’s twitter game, complete with the juvenile insults. The 2024 race has already begun, and Cruz is already telling us how he intends to run.

Just one more reminder that there is one functioning major political party in this country and then there is the GOP — and this is the condition they’re in. No punditry here, just stating the glaringly obvious.

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12 Comments on "‘Performative A$$holery’ Behold the Face Of The Post Trump GOP"

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Chris jensen
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Cruz looks too much like John Belushi. I’m waiting for him to pick up a guitar & smash it.

Bareshark
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How dare you insult that talented Albanian Olympic gymnast in a fat comedian’s body by comparing him with this Canadian in Mexican’s clothing.

Senovio Rodriguez
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Cuban… don’t blame Mexicans.

Better a “cruz de madera” than “cruz de pendejo”

Bareshark
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They’ll do it as long as it gets them somewhere. Their problem is that “somewhere” is going to be harder to manage as the rural population drops.

p j evans
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Apparently Teddy Cruz and his GOP-T buddies can’t see staffers at all.

Miranda
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I have yet to figure out why he is in the Senate. Who are the idiots who put him there?

Nancy
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Texas GOP, of course

Senovio Rodriguez
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Now led by Floridian nutjob Allen West. FFS

Cherl Harrell
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I think Ted Cruz’s appeal is much like tRump’s. The deplorables want someone to stick it to the man, as they would if they could.

priscianus jr
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It is, but remember, he ran a distant second to Trump in the 2016 primary. Not a connoisseur myself, but evidently the base likes Trump’s assholery a lot better.

Lil Blue Sock
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TrusTed.

*smirk*

Darrel
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I see what you did there, Ted probably headed south to the US because he could not qualify to ride a horse, wearing one of those cool red uniforms, deemed too self-centered to work for the people in Canada …